Quarterback Patrick Mahomes Super Bowl MVP again after leading Kansas City Chiefs past San Francisco 49ers in overtime

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Patrick Mahomes is building his resume as he works his way towards ‘GOAT’ status, with some already passing him the crown.

Tom Brady is widely credited with the title of the greatest NFL player of all time, with his seven Super Bowl wins well ahead of any other quarterback to play the game.

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But Mahomes has started to make the conversation interesting, claiming his third title and third Super Bowl MVP award after leading the Chiefs to a comeback 25-22 victory over San Francisco on Monday (AEDT) in overtime.

Kansas City are also the first team to go back-to-back since Brady’s New England Patriots in 2004.

“We just kept fighting,” Mahomes said afterwards.

“Guys just continue to battle and we were able to get enough there at the end to win the game.”

That is some understatement, with Kansas City battling back all game long.

The 49ers took a 22-19 lead to start the extra period, putting the pressure firmly on Mahomes, who had one chance with the football to get the score the Chiefs needed to keep his side in it.

The 28-year-old duly led the team down the field, finding Mecole Hardman with a three-yard throw for the matchwinning touch down.

For one former player at least, Mahomes has already leapfrogged Brady into GOAT status.

“I think he’s the best player who’s ever played this game,” ESPN host and former NFL defensive tackle Booger McFarland said during the broadcast, before posing a question to Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce.

“What makes him so special in crunch time?”

Kelce, who has been alongside Mahomes throughout the team’s dynastic run, seemed ready for the question.

“Preparation,” he said. “This guy works harder than anybody I’ve ever met in my life.

“He only makes me want to play harder for these guys.

“We know that he’s prepared and then his instincts just take over.”

Mahomes’ three Super Bowl MVP awards take him level with Joe Montana for second all-time, behind only Brady’s five.

McFarland, himself a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Buccaneers and Colts, had the last word as Mahomes left the ESPN desk.

“Best I’ve ever seen kid,” he said shaking the quarterback’s hand. “No doubt about it.”